I picked up the Player's Handbook the other day (retails for $55. Phew!) and so far I'm liking what I see. They're trying to get back to the roots of what made D&D awesome. I've heard it described as a mix of 2nd and 3rd Edition, taking the best parts of both. So far, I can see that.
There is a free online version of both the Player's Handbook and the Dungeon Master's Guide here
"He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool."
"Don't take refuge in the false security of consensus."